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Buffalo Bike Life

Buffalo Bike Life | Where To & When?

Chances are if you’ve lived downtown, you’ve seen your fair share of bike riders. Buffalo’s urban patterns and beautiful architecture make any ride interesting. Buffalonians with apartments and lofts downtown have started seeing why biking has it’s benefits. Having a solid 2 wheeler can be a great addition for scooting around Buffalo in the summertime, especially when the Elmwood Village is at an automotive standstill.

You can ride all the way down to Canalside for that show you wanted to catch, and not have to pay parking. If you have a bike, you might already know about these rides, but if you’re new to the area, or milling over buying yourself a new bike, these options might just motivate you to get moving.

The glow around Buffalo has brought out a new biking community, that is moving away from the motor.

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GObike Buffalo

Located on Colvin Ave. over in North Buffalo, the non profit is housed in a brick and mortar building that offers new and experienced bikers ride-routes and workshops. They also have special events throughout the summer. Join a group of other riders for a guided tour, highlighting landmarks and landscapes, or stop in the community workshop to learn how to repair and maintain your bike. Need a bike? they have refurbished bikes for sale!

98 Colvin Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

716-218-7161

info@gobikebuffalo.org

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SlowRoll Buffalo

Join a community of thousands of bicyclists around Buffalo who ride every Monday from 5:30pm-8pm, around the most classic neighborhoods. If your a rookie rider.. don’t worry, they ride at a nice slow pace. (Hence the name) The Slow Roll movement began in Detroit, and has since expanded all over the world into a network of community rides. Slow Roll is always free, just register online or onsite before the ride.

 

slowrollbuffalo.org

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Buffalo Bicycling Club

If your passion for biking goes beyond commuting from your apartment to work, or admiring Buffalo, and you’re more into active racing and fitness, check out Buffalo Bicycling Club. The BBC is dedicated to the development of bicycle racing in WNY. Throughout the season, there are road courses, time trials, criteriums, and challenging training rides. Membership is required, and you’ll need a bike rack on your car to get out to some of the more rural areas in WNY to ride.

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Buffalo has become quite the bike able city for those living in apartments and lofts downtown. Many of the streets in and around Buffalo NY have had bike lanes painted on them over the last few years, which make it much safer and easier to scoot about town. Riding a bike alone, or with a friend is a great way to see our city, get good exercise, and save gas. (and parking ticket funds!)

How to Transition Your Apartment from Winter to Summer

Here are a few tips for transitioning your Buffalo Apartment from Winter to Summer Life

With Buffalo’s weather finally getting warmer, it’s time to transition your Buffalo apartment or Buffalo loft from cozy winter to warm summer. Here’s how to make your apartment feel brighter and match the summertime weather.

Add some plants as some decor

More life and color in your apartment will make it look more welcoming and bright. Whether you only want to grow flowers or herbs that can be used for cooking, it’s all up to you. Some of the best indoor flowers to put in your home are violets, hydrangeas, hibiscuses, and peace lilies.  Not only will it bring life into your apartment, but it will also help with the heat. Since the plants’ roots absorb sunlight, it will make your apartment cooler than it will be if you didn’t have plants in it. Houseplants also act as air filters, which help to clean the air in your place.

Add Screens to Your Windows

Most apartments in Buffalo don’t have screens in their windows, which keeps Buffalonians from opening their window most of the time because they don’t want insects to fly into their home. Adding a temporary screen onto your window will keep those pesky insects out while still letting fresh air and warm sunlight in. Get some fresh air in there! 

Lighten the Atmosphere

Choose a bright, light color scheme for your home decor things such as your throw pillows, your bed sheets, your bed pillows, and your window curtains. People tend to decorate their apartment in Buffalo with a dark color scheme, which will absorb light, small, and uninviting. A warm, light color scheme will instantly brighten your whole apartment up and will keep it from absorbing unnecessary warmth. Bright colors will not only brighten your apartment, but will also make it look and feel more spacious.

Add Colorful Art Pieces on Your Wall

In your Buffalo loft or apartment has dark walls and you can’t paint over it, add some bright piece of artwork onto the wall. Affordable pieces can be found at garage sales or the flea market. There are a few flea markets around Buffalo where they are beautiful pieces for crazy low prices. If you can’t find a piece that matches your Buffalo apartment’s color scheme, you can print out an artwork that you like and frame it yourself.

Brighten Your Meals

Replace your dark dishes for bright, patterned plates for your everyday eating. Summertime colors will make your meals look more summer themed and will bring bright colors into your everyday life. Consider getting  cheap grill and get some nice bright veggies on there! 

Hopefully a few of these tips help you to ship your Buffalo apartment into shape for the summer! There really is no better place to live than Buffalo New York in the summertime!

2015 Annual Toy Donation for Children’s Hospital

Kissling would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2015 Annual Children’s Hospital Toy Donation successful. Your donations will help to make a child’s day this holiday season.

How successful ? We’ll let you be the judge! Check out these photos!

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Kapts.com is your source for finding primer apartments and lofts in Buffalo NY. Thanks again to everyone who donated! You ensured many kids will have a very Merry Christmas!

Buffalo Apartment Hunting Season | 4 Questions to Remember

Buffalo Apartment Hunting Season | 4 Questions to Remember

It’s time to move. You’ve begun hunting for the next best place to live. You don’t want to jump on the first Buffalo apartment you find on craigslist and call it home do you? This is going to be your new crib, so why not make sure that it’s perfect for you? Here are a few important things to ask when you go to look at a new apartment or loft in Buffalo.

Where Do I Park?

Buffalo NY. Home of the most hard working parking attendants in the country. If you’re looking at apartments or lofts in the city of Buffalo, be sure to scope out the parking situation. Do you have off street parking? Examine the signage, and available street spots. Does it seem tricky getting in and out? Think about the plow coming through town if you do have to park on the street. If you aren’t a morning person, you might not want to have to get up at 8am to move your car in the winter.

Will I Be Safe?

We’ve all seen a movie depicting our worst nightmare, a home invasion. Unless your dad is Liam Neison, you’re going to want proper protection. When you go look at your potential new place, check out the loft or apartment’s locking mechanisms and security systems. How about the windows, are they locked and protected properly? Also scope out the surrounding neighborhood, do you feel safe? Could you see yourself walking around this neighborhood?

Can My Cat Chill?

No one likes letting go of a loved one. Especially when they have fur and their really cuddly. If you’re on the prowl for your new perfect place, make sure your pet can come too. First off, ask about the specific apartment or loft about the pet policy. Consider if your pet would be comfortable here. Check how much the deposit is if there is one. Consider the cost of cleaning when you move out. Again, consider the safety of the neighborhood for walking your pooch at night.

Does Everything Work?

It’s easy to get excited on an apartment hunt. Before you sign your lease, take one more look at the functionality of everything. Consider any water systems, ie: shower, faucets, drains, laundry machines, etc. There’s nothing worse than moving into your brand new Buffalo apartment and realizing the toilet doesn’t flush AFTER you christened it for the first time. Also examine the electrical outlets. Do they look new and functional? Is the apartment cable-ready? IF there are appliances give those a good inspection as well.

Hopefully this helps you remember a few extra things when you look at your next Buffalo apartment or loft. These are all things that are easy to overlook outside of the traditional common questions and concerns. For more information on finding a new Buffalo Loft or apartment around WNY, Contact Kissling!

 

4 Things to Think About | Finding Your New Neighborhood

You’ve made the decision that you want to move into a new apartment, but you’re not sure where in Buffalo you really want to live. Finding apartments in Buffalo NY has become somewhat challenging with an influx of culture and population. Here are a few things to remember when you want to find the perfect Buffalo neighborhood to call home.

 

What Do You Want?

This is essentially the most important step in finding apartments for rent in Buffalo NY. Brainstorm. Assuming there are reasons why your last apartment didn’t suit all of your needs, start there. Write down the reasons why your last location didn’t cut it. Things like poor parking, noisy college kids, etc.

Then, spend some time writing down amenities that you NEED to have around your next Buffalo apartment. Work outside the city? Consider quick access to the thruway or quick transits. Once you write down the things you need, then you can write down the things you WANT. These are the things that will make living in Buffalo more fun, easy, or cool.

 

What’s Good in the Hood?

Spend some time checking out the attractions and businesses that this neighborhood bolsters. Buffalo can be tricky when it comes to business, as some neighborhoods can bustle a lot, and some little to nothing. When considering where to look for Buffalo apartments for rent, remember that it’s not all about nightlife, as you’re going to need somewhere to go grab toilet paper, or mail the rent check. You can get a good idea of what’s around with simpler tools like google maps, or online sites like TripAdvisor.

 

What Do the People Have to Say?

Word of mouth can be a catch 22 when talking about Buffalo districts. Odds are you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who has lived in an apartment in the Buffalo area you are thinking about. Some people might think they hated an area in Buffalo, and someone else might have found it to be their favorite apartment they’ve ever had.

Keep your ears open when out and about Buffalo. Find out what their experience was like. Don’t hesitate to ask about safety, commuting, comfort, parking, etc. If you are considering staying in the area for a while, ask them about how the area is growing over time.

 

Go Forth, and Conquer

Once you’ve done your brainstorming and research, the next step in finding your new Buffalo apartment for rent is to actually go to the neighborhood(s) and see with your own eyes. This is how you’ll really know. Get a grasp on how the area in Buffalo looks and feels. Are the neighbors seemingly friendly? Check out the other properties in the area, both residential and businesses.

What is the feel of the neighborhood in the morning? Mid Day? Nighttime? Would you feel safe coming home from that bar around the corner? Are there a lot of older folks around, children, or college age partiers? Do you see a bright future for this Buffalo area or is it seemingly falling apart? The only way you’ll know if finding an apartment for rent in this area is to spend time in and around it.

 

Finding Buffalo apartments for rent can have it’s challenges, but finding the perfect apartment is impossible without the perfect neighborhood. Stay tuned to the Kissling blog for more tips on finding the best apartments in Buffalo NY.

 

Fallout From Moving In The Fall | Finding Buffalo Apartments

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Summer is practically an afterthought, leaving Buffalonians forced to prepare for another delightful Buffalo winter. You’ve decided to move into a new apartment, but you failed to get out before the Fall.  If you failed to force yourself to get out before the leaves began to change, here are a few reminders about finding a new home in the fall.

1. Location.

First of all, where in Buffalo are you looking to live? You may have a particular area in mind, based on the personality of the neighborhood, or the convenience of the location. Evaluate your commute to your most visited locations, ie: work, friends, bars, the gym. How long will it take for you to get to these locations from your new apartment? Considering you’re moving after summer ends you’ve got to add on about 5-10 minutes in “snowtravel.” How close are your vital stops? Gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, laundry.

2. Comfort.

Buffalo has a lot of different living situations, and some may be better suited for in-and-out summer living. Forget it. When you look at Buffalo apartments for rent, remember you’re going to need to hunker down. You’re going to need a cozy cabin to survive your Buffalo cabin fever. When checking out new apartments in Buffalo NY, examine the space. Can you see yourself comfortable within the confines of this new abode? Another thing to remember when looking at Buffalo apartments, heat. Is the heating up to date? Is heat adjustable? Included in rent? Is there enough storage? Ask prior resident or property manager about pricing and temperature. Prepare for hibernatable climate conditions.

3. Parking.

If you have lived in Buffalo, odds are you’ve gotten a parking ticket. There’s nothing worse than having to get up at the crack of dawn in sub zero temperature to move your car to the other side of the street for fear of paying $30 for being parked 6 feet from legality for 9 minutes. Examine your potential new Buffalo apartment’s parking situation. Off street parking is a get out of jail free card, but if that isn’t an option,  examine walking distance/availability of parking. Consider plows. If you have off street parking, you’ll need a shovel, to get you  in and out. If you don’t, consider how far you’ll have to move your car before you consider where you’re going to buy a new driver’s side mirror.

4. Roommate(s).

As mentioned, Buffalo weather requires hunker down hibernation. Consider your choices carefully. Whether you’re moving in with your soulmate, your best friends, or that person who responded to your craigslist ad, this person-or people-will be key in maintaining stable mental activity. Whether you like it or not, you’ll be trapped inside your apartment with this person. Choose someone who will help rather than hinder your Buffalo winter.

5. Style.

Comfort is key, but is this new crib somewhere you could create a cool cabin? Find a Buffalo apartment that you can see yourself being able to transform into a place you WANT to be trapped in. Take into account the layout, space, and capacity to customize. Can you paint? Can you mount that 42” TV to the wall? If you’re high tech, is there ample electrical outlets? Comfort is nice and necessary, but a cool space in the winter is clutch.

To find your next Buffalo Apartment, Contact Kissling.

Thursday “Things-to-Do”: Elmwood Village

On our old website, we may have covered Elmwood Village as a good spot to hit up around Buffalo. But, seeing as we have a new site and the weather is starting to suit walking up and down Elmwood Ave… we’ll revisit the area. Here’s why:

Boutique Shops

Elmwood probably has the highest concentration of boutique shops compared to anywhere else in Buffalo. Plus, the number seems to continue to grow all of the time. From consignment shops like Second Chic to high-end, custom men’s tailoring like Bureau, Elmwood is the place for clothes, accessories, gifts and more!

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Food & Drink

Looking for a healthy sandwich? Check out the Lexington Cooperative Market. Want a nice craft beer and some pub food? Head over to the Blue Monk. Want a nice glass of wine or a cocktail… check out any number of Elmwood restaurants. The restaurants are fantastic and you are certain to find something that you like!

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Farmers Markets & Flea Markets

Everyone likes a good farmers market – great local produce and it’s just fun to walk around in the nice weather. Same goes for flea markets. So, check out Bidwell Park every Saturday for nice local farm products, or walk down a bit to the flea market if you like antiques.

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North Buffalo Apartments | Townhomes At Delsan Court

North Buffalo Apartments | Townhomes At Delsan Court

These two-story Buffalo townhomes for rent are conveniently located in North Buffalo just minutes away from Tops, Target, Applebees, and other restaurants and stores. Delsan Court is comprised of one, two, and three bedroom two story town homes. Each residence has its own private front and rear entrance. Each residence consists of a kitchen and living room/dining room combination on the first floor, and an second floor where the bedrooms and bathroom are located. Each kitchen and bathroom is updated to include modern amenities, and onsite laundry facilities are available for residents.

*Renovated units include stove, fridge, dishwasher and microwave

Food / Convenience Stores

  • Wegmans Food Store
  • Target Plaza
  • Tops Markets Plaza

Entertainment

  • North Buffalo Ice Rink
  • Mang Park
  • Delaware Park
  • Regal Cinemas
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Applebees

Other Places of Interest

  • Historic Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Home Depot
  • US Post Office
  • Marshalls clothing store
  • Office Max
  • Total Tan

Allentown Lofts | 430 Virginia St.

Allentown Lofts in Buffalo NY | 430 Virginia St.

Located at 430 Virginia Street in historical Allentown, The Allentown Lofts set a new standard for the most discerning resident. Offering Buffalo NY lofts for rent to those looking for Allentown apartments, this four story brick building gives residents heated indoor parking as well as a secured parking lot.  A state of the art security system provides 24 hour protection throughout the property. Units include maple floors, heated tile bathrooms and walk in showers with double vessel sinks. Kitchens are appointed with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and open floor plans. One and two bedroom units are available.

Nightlife / Entertainment

  • Elmwood Avenue bars and restaurants
  • Delaware Avenue bars and restaurants
  • Allen Street bars and restuarants
  • Mothers Restaurant
  • Fat Bob’s Smokehouse
  • Laughlins Beef & Barrel
  • Colter Bay Grill
  • Snooty Fox Lounge